Photo: Pretika Khanna/Mint
Photo: Pretika Khanna/Mint

Delhi polls: Early trends show AAP, BJP neck-and-neck in some seats

  • Initial leads show AAP candidates face strong pushback by BJP in some seats
  • AAP's Atishi from Kalkaji trailing by 11 votes

New Delhi: Early trends for Delhi assembly elections suggest that the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) are in a tight contest in some seats. Initial leads show that AAP candidates face a strong pushback by BJP in some constituencies.

If these trends hold true, AAP’s earlier vote share of over 54% could be under threat, while BJP may improve its performance from 2015.

Among candidates who face close contest is AAP leader Atishi from Kalkaji constituency, trailing by 11 votes only, while Rituraj Govind of AAP leading by 178 votes. Similarly, Abhay Verma, BJP’s Laxmi Nagar candidate is ahead by just 78 votes, while controversial BJP leader Kapil Mishra is leading by 98 votes in the Model Town constituency.

Delhi's deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia also faces a tough electoral battle in Patparganj, leading by just 74 votes. SC Vats of BJP is ahead by 51 votes in Shakur Basti constituency.

In 2015, a majority of AAP candidates had swept their seats, bagging more than half the votes in their respective constituencies. The contest in the previous assembly elections too was largely between AAP and BJP, forcing the Congress to become a distant third and losing its deposits in 62 out of the 70 assembly seats in Delhi.

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